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Proceedings of eSim 2016: 9th Conference of IBPSA-Canada


Occupant behaviour diversity modelling and its applications

William O’Brien, H. Burak Gunay

Abstract: It has been widely established that observed occupancy and occupant behaviour are diverse between individuals, whether it is a result of differences between people or subtle contextual differences. However, diversity is infrequently recognized in existing occupant models. As a result, corresponding uncertainty of building performance simulation predictions may be greatly underestimated. This limits one of the major benefits of stochastic occupant behaviour modelling: that probabilistic performance distributions can be estimated and exploited. This paper provides a comprehensive review of existing methods to represent occupant diversity in models. Following that, the diversity between occupants from an office building dataset is explored. The dataset includes occupancy from 16 private offices and equipment loads from 10 private offices. Finally, the paper concludes by providing general recommendations on the treatment of diversity for future researchers.
Pages: 543 - 551